count sheets

  1. where are instrument count sheets put in your or's. On the outside or in the tray with the instruments.

    joe
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Inside.
  4. by   sdaley1026
    Hi Joe,

    Our count sheets are inside the kit, but the hospital I came from, had them on the outside (which I liked better). Why do you ask?

    Sue
  5. by   maeyken
    Ours are in a rack on the counter outside the rooms. Sometimes they come with the patient's chart, if they have gone to the holding area.
  6. by   umakemesmile
    Ours are tucked in one of the folds of the paper wrapper.
  7. by   MamaCheese
    Ours are in the tray with the instruments.
  8. by   mamamiah
    The count sheets are inside the trays.
  9. by   ewattsjt
    Ours are in the patient's chart.
  10. by   ebear
    The patient's chart?????
  11. by   mikethern
    Inside, but outside would be better so that the scrub person would never hand the circulator a bloody count sheet from a tray that was opened during the middle of a case.
  12. by   ewattsjt
    yes, as mike points out, only the circulator handles the count sheet. our facility makes it a part of the patient's record so it is placed with the rest of standard forms (without blood or other bodily fluids on it from a conversion). the count sheet is a standard sheet with about a third of it blanks that you can fill in on the less frequently used items. i was surprised at first because i had come from a facility that had the count sheets in with the instruments. naturally the down side is that it may take more time to fill in the blanks if a surgeon uses non-standard (for our facility) instruments.

    i can see both sides but think each has its own merits. so i have to say that either way is good.
  13. by   Mourkoth
    Whats a count sheet? I'm new to the OR and we count Laps, Rays needles, TW's loops, hypos, kb's bovie tips, scratch pad, ect. We don't however count instruments.
  14. by   ebear
    ????????????????????????????????????????????????
    You don't count instruments???????????????????????????????????????
    WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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